Today I will tell you about three topics I picked to research about Ancient Greece. The first topic I learned about was The Hellenistic Age. The second topic I researched is the Peloponnesian War. The third and final thing I learned was about Slavery in Ancient Greece. I hope you are as interested in these topics as I am.
The Hellenistic Age
The Hellenistic Age was a great time for the Greeks. It lasted for 3 centuries. It was a time of great splendor and wealth. At this time art and science also flourished. The products of this civilization were no longer just greek, but also mixed with other conquered countries too. This time ended when the Romans conquered Ancient Greece.
The Peloponnesian War
The Peloponnesian War was a war over power. It began in 431B.C. and ended in 404 B.C. The growth of Athens had made the other city-states jealous. It was a war between two great powers, one of land, Sparta, and one of sea, Athens. At first Athens plan was to let Sparta waste its money and energy on attacking the land around Athens. Then a plauge struck and killed Athens military leader. The new military leader wanted to attack Sparta instead of wait them out. Athens lost that battle and Sparta then put them under siege. Unable to grow or import grains power soon fell out of Athens.
Slavery in Ancient Greece
Slavery was a very large source of cheap labor. About two-fifths of the population was slaves. Slaves were able to be paid often. Then, if the slaves saved up enough, they could by there freedom or be set free by a grateful master. Once free, slaves worked at the silver mines, and were sent in gangs. New slaves were brought in from conquered cities or kidnapped from non-greek lands.
These topics helped me learn how some of this great civilization worked. I learned how slavery worked. I learned about a war of two great powers of Ancient Greece. And I learned about the great time before Ancient Greece was conquered. Thank you for your time and I hope you learned as much as i did.
"ancient Greece." Britannica School. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., 2014. Web. 14 Feb. 2014